Remembering 9/11/01 Forward

On the eighteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I join other patriots, and friends across the globe, in remembering those victims and first responders and their families. Many lost their lives protecting freedom and liberty in our Great county.

I have many riches in my life because of their sacrifice. Thank you.

One of those riches is the foray into writing that I started in 2012. I have a guest post today at
Pens, Paws, and Claws Blog

After you've said a prayer or passed along an act of kindness in honor of this historic date, I hope you can stop by the blog for a fun read about my pets and writing.

162,519 Views--Distraction or Inspiration?

The United Stated and the world, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first Lunar landing this week--myself included. The Twitter snip above reminded me of the excitement I felt watching the various launches-landings-splash downs in grade school. I never wanted to be an astronaut, but I admired the beauty of the concept and sheer determination that made the space program a success. 
INSPIRED by the NASA tweet, I retweeted it with a comment meant to generalize my warm and fuzzy feelings about those childhood memories of watching the televised launch to splashdown cycle. I generally retweet things that are interesting to me. So do millions of others. I typically get a LIKE or REPLY from within my limited Twitter community. But, dang if this tweet didn't explode like a supernova! (Don't send me a correction if there is something scientifically off about that simile.) As you can see below as of 8:00 o'clock this morning, it had over 162,519 views. That was when I deleted th…

Don't Kill the Class Pet

A cautionary tale for anyone new to teaching regarding class pets and good intentions.
     Not so funny, but interesting—The day after I graduated with my teaching degree, I was to start a temporary job as a first-grade teacher. Being conscientious, I went to the classroom after school on the Friday before that Monday for a look around. The previous teacher had resigned and already moved out. I was joined by the principal, who I believe, in retrospect, came along solely to point out the filthy water in the 10-gallon fish tank. I got the hint. After she left, I moved the big goldfish (think koi) to a bucket with the dirty water and dutifully cleaned the tank.
Proud of myself for taking the initiative, I refilled the tank, reset the clean gravel and other aquarium tchotchkes. Then I scooped Goldie out of his bucket and placed him in his fresh tank. Now, anyone who knows how to properly care for an aquarium, is probably cringing, or maybe even yelling at this post buy now. Goldie…

Pirates Have Invaded My Writing!

Image Credit: Christopher Hollis, Hollis for Wdwic Pictures [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

"AARRGH! Vast Ye scurvy readers! 'Tis Gasparilla in Tampa and the city is ours for the takin'!"

Sorry for the horrible attempt at pirate-speak, but it's in my blood. Butchering the brogue is expected of Tampa natives. I love this annual tradition that starts with a pirate invasion on a grand ship bedecked with flags and booming cannon fire. The kidnapping of the mayor and an attempted takeover of the city follow.  The festivities include parades, balls, and other charity events. It all culminates in a flotilla and then a traditional street parade and the downing of much alcohol. In my adult years, the wise organizers have added a children's parade, leaving the debauchery to the original event a week later.

As a kid, the pirates docked and disemba…

Guest Author: Rick Homan